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Green Tomato Chutney

Green Tomato Chutney

If it looks like all your tomatoes will ripen at once, harvest some green ones now and reap a few jars of this tasty condiment.

Christmas Tree Cookie Stack

Christmas Tree Cookie Stack

Stacking these cookies in the shape of a Christmas tree creates a novel and delightful dessert that is less filling than traditional Christmas desserts. Let each guest break off one or more stars for themselves.

Blue Hawaiian Cocktail

Blue Hawaiian

Put your feet up and relax with this fruity cocktail.

Stewed Apples

Stewed Apples

Many fruits can be stewed: berries, rhubarb, stonefruit and dried fruit. Adjust the cooking time so the fruit is soft and plump but not mushy.

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Rhubarb and Apple Pie

Rhubarb and Apple Pie

Sprinkled with sugar and tangy with rhubarb and apples, this is a magical pie. If time is short, you can use ready-made shortcrust pastry.

Miso soup

Japanese miso soup

This miso soup owes its rich savoury flavour to the shiitake mushrooms, ginger and dried kombu stock.

Green Coriander Rice

Green coriander rice

Making a herb and vegetable paste is a quick and simple way of producing vibrantly coloured, flavoursome rice. Toasting the rice in just a little oil and butter, then cooking with the paste before adding stock and simmering, develops and enriches the flavour of the dish.

Christmas Pudding

Christmas Pudding

Serve this rich, moist pudding with custard or cream on any special occasion, but for Christmas choose one of the traditional butters or sauces to accompany it.

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Berry Yogurt Swirl

Berry Yogurt Swirl with Walnuts and Pepitas

Celebrate berry season with this healthy swirl of goodness. It will give you the energy and nutrients you need in the morning. Use thawed frozen berries if fresh ones aren’t available – they’re just as nutritious.

Steamed Fish with Soy and Garlic

Steamed Fish with Soy and Garlic

A whole steamed fish makes a spectacular feast. Drizzling hot oil over the skin before serving makes the skin delightfully crisp.

Quick Ham and Cheese Quiche

Quick Ham and Cheese Quiche

With ready-rolled shortcrust pastry you can whip up a tasty, homemade quiche in no time, then leave it to bake. A colourful salad and boiled new potatoes go with it perfectly.

Minestrone with Chicken Meatballs

Minestrone with Chicken Meatballs

In Italian, a minestra is a soup, but a minestrone is a BIG soup – a nourishing meal in itself. Tender and moist chicken meatballs and a host of seasonal herbs and vegetables enhance the depth of flavour in this delicious one-bowl meal.

Greek-style Lamb and Salad

Greek-style Lamb and Salad

Enjoy the flavours of the Mediterranean with this healthy lamb salad.

Christmas Cake

Christmas Cake

Covered with almond paste and iced in a simple style, this rich fruit Christmas cake looks impressive. It should be prepared at least one month ahead to allow the flavours to develop.

Beetroot and Raspberry Smoothie

Beetroot and Raspberry Smoothie

This vitamin-packed drink makes a filling and nutritious breakfast if you are in a hurry. The beetroot content of the drink may even help blood flow in older people, especially to the frontal lobe.

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